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Posted on May 6 at 10:29 a.m.
patrick58 - "We trusted our children in their care, after all". "And what kid or parent involved with it didn't adore their time there?" My point exactly, since I know of at least one kid and two parents who DID NOT adore their time there. Again, can't ANYONE think of any reason that there was not one single mention of Camp Lorr in his memorial? Is there something that would tarnish the "fantasy" that most people remember as Camp Lorr, while others remember it as "Hell on Earth"?
On Rath Shelton: 1923-2012
Posted on April 20 at 11 a.m.
Really? "We all know..." Please cite documentation to support your claim, "ChasLBerg".
By any chance, do you know how many legal residents of the state benefit from this program? Do you know how many children have a place to live or other things that we all take for granted due to this program?
Just throwing out generalized comments disparaging the thousands of deserving and eligible recipients of this program is pretty mean-spirited.
Let them eat cake, right?
On What's Penny-wise, Pound-foolish, and Completely Heartless?
Posted on April 20 at 10:08 a.m.
I had the pleasure of working with Libby for many years at the Rehabilitation Institute prior it being acquired by Cottage Hospital. Libby was not only a highly competent therapist, she was compassionate and a pleasure with whom to work. She pursued her non-clinical credentials, which only enhanced her skills as a clinical manager in a non-profit hospital which survived only due to the support of the community. Insurance companies, including Medicare, cover little or none of the services that Libby and her well-chosen staff provided. Quality of life issues are generally not considered priorities in the insurance world. But in Libby's view, quality of life for people who suffered from life-altering events was the key to how they lived the rest of their lives. Many of her patients returned to work and resumed being productive members of society. Others simply were able to learn how to enjoy their lives and overcome obstacles to their disabilities.
I remember countless times that Libby, fully aware of the fiscal constraints, would come up with creative and productive plans to raise money for a single patient's needs, or sometimes, on a larger scale. She never asked for the hospital to come up with extra money without a well thought out proposal on how to raise that money, and, consequently, her patients benefitted from her creative and dedicated work. She frequently spent her own time on evenings and weekends to provide quality of life opportunities for her patients. She also spent her own money in these endeavors. Libby was a gem who made the most of her opportunity to help others. I will miss her very much, as will countless others who had the pleasure to meet her.
My condolences go out to her family and everyone who knew Libby.
On Obituary for Elizabeth "Libby" Brown Whaley
Posted on March 27 at 10:41 a.m.
Any particular reason that Camp Lorr was not mentioned in this obit? I'm just asking, since Camp Lorr was a big deal to a lot of kids in this town. I find it curious that there is not even a reference to it.
Posted on March 15 at 10:36 a.m.
I think the correct expression, if it is indeed accurate, is that "CA is in the top third of PER CAPITA tax in the US). I guess that proves the next statement that, "our schools are in the bottom 1-2 for student spending", if results are the measurement.
On Brava, Mayor!
Posted on January 31 at 12:45 a.m.
AZ2SB - If u r in AZ, the police DO have the right to destroy cell phones by "smashing it on the sidewalk or pouring water on it". They are also permitted to shoot it, beat it to death with a baseball bat, or hold a pillow over it until it is dead.
Well, maybe they don't NOW, but I am sure that JB is working on that when she isn't putting Obama in his place.
Seriously, for CA - I think the fine for a first offense should be $250, the second offense should be $500, and, if there is a third offense, then the driver should lose their license to drive for a year, with a year's probation after THAT. As someone who I am sorry to say has used my cell phone while driving, even with a bluetooth device, I can't even IMAGINE texting while driving. It's hard enough to do either, let alone both at the same time, and the potential to do harm to or kill oneself or others while doing it is as dangerous as a DUI and just as dumb.
On Texting while driving
Posted on January 23 at 10:12 a.m.
Agreed that Cottage treats "all comers", regardless of insurance. This is because they are REQUIRED to do so by law. Having worked on the "inside" of the local health care system, I know that even though Cottage is a non-profit, it is run like a for-profit hospital. Cottage has the luxury of a huge endowment, an equally-huge donor base, and a "cozy" relationship with local government. Cottage is the 800 pound gorilla in the health care community in SB. In fact, it is the ONLY gorilla in this area, metaphorically-speaking.
I am aware of the State seismic requirements as they pertain to acute hospitals, and know that in order to make the hospital safe, significant additional expense is required to comply with the new law (no "grandfathering" allowed in this law). I have first hand knowledge of this process, and know that Cottage necessarily had to spend a lot of money to upgrade.
My concern as a citizen of SB (which is balanced by my feeling of good fortune to have a "state of the art" 21st century hospital for our community, considering that the genesis of the original Cottage Hospital, which started as a 19th Century hospital, and was retrofitted continually throughout the 20th Century), is that, beyond the necessary safety upgrades, combined with the ability to assimilate new technologies into a new building (which is much cheaper than retrofitting an old building), there are many amenities that are not necessary, and which come at a cost to whomever ultimately has to pay for the bill, whether it be the patient, the insurance company, or the government. Cottage may officially be a "charitable" organization, but they did not become the sole hospital "system" in SB by operating like a charity. Other medical professionals generally cannot go "on the record" to express their displeasure with Cottage, as they could find themselves with no local hospital in which to practice.
If you are part of the "1%" who populate a significant portion of SB, you will have access to the best care money can buy. If you are one of the 99% with insurance with co-pays and deductibles (including Medicare), or with no insurance at all, or with Medi-Cal or MIA coverage, you will find that authorization for many of these "state-of-the-art" capabilities are slow to get, or hard to come by at all, due to their very high cost. I have had family members who had to wait three+ weeks for a non-elective surgery due to snafus between Cottage, the surgeon, and the insurance company. Somebody has to pay for this multi-hundred million dollar upgrade, and Cottage is not going to absorb the expense itself. Lest one feel sorry for Cottage, they are planning a similar, but on a smaller scale, upgrade for Goleta Valley Hospital.
On Skimming the Cream
Posted on December 23 at 12:03 p.m.
Marshall - keep on fighting the good fight on this issue. I have four family members, including one child, who rely soley on Medi-Cal for their care. Before Medi-Cal was available to them, they had to resort to using the ER when they became seriously ill or injured. They had no resources to pay those bills, which went unpaid. For you heartless nay sayers on this thread, you can't get blood out of a rock. Would you have a person who is has been rendered destitute simply die or suffer for lack of healthcare coverage?
I worked in healthcare my entire career before losing my livelihood due to the "deprecession". I had health coverage through my employers for my entire career, and have had none since. When I recently NEEDED surgery to save my life, I had to sign up for SB County MIA, as I could not qualify for Medi-Cal, even though I had ZERO income. Should I have just died due to my condition to satisfy the small minority of citizens who have means and healthcare coverage?
Healthcare IS a basic human right. Not just in America, but in the world. Tens, if not hundreds of millions of people die to lack of or insufficient health care every year around the world? I guess "survival of the fittest" is now defined as whether or not one has the means to afford health care.
Shame on those of you who think poor, elderly or disabled people should just be ignored when it comes to health care. I guess 'tis the season to be a Scrooge - Bah! Humbug! Sadly, I gess Dickens' tale is timeless.
On Save Medi-Cal
Posted on October 29 at 9:26 a.m.
How much does it cost? It sounds as if most insurance policies, private or governmental would not likely cover it as "medically necessary". I have had fungus on my toenails for twenty years or more, and have tried many different remedies (some that I don't even want to talk about), but it seems as if this would be considered a "cosmetic procedure", like botox, etc., and would be excluded. Anyone know for sure?
On New Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails Available on the Central Coast
Posted on September 10 at 12:13 p.m.
I was a freshman at UCSB in 1965, when Jack Curtis, the "Old Man" to whom they refer, led a team that was on nobody's radar to the Camellia Bowl (Great Fun!). As long as there was football during my years at UCSB, I never missed a home game, whether we played at La Playa Stadium, or later, at the new - and for us, magnificent, Harder Stadium, and even went to as many away games as we could, too, with my buddies - more great fun! Some of my fondest memories of those years were from those football games. Thanks for the memories, guys, and I wish you as much success in you current fights as you had back in the day when you were playing for the Gauchos back in the 60's, succeeding against all odds.
On UCSB Football, Circa 1967
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